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Box 4.1 Chemical innovation for sustainability

Sweden has recently established a Chemical Substitution Centre at the state-owned RISE Research, to help smaller companies replace hazardous chemicals. The Centre aims both to stimulate the development of sustainable chemical products, production processes, articles and non-chemical methods, and to build capacity in the public and private sector. This will contribute to developing greener products and a circular economy. 

One example is to find and implement better alternatives for the problematic, highly fluorinated compounds such as PFAS in consumer goods such as textiles, cosmetics and food-packaging.

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  • sommelin (Linda Sommer) 26 Sep 2018 11:19:19

    DE-UBA IV 1.1:

    A further example for a box could be:

    The International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre ISC3 acts with an even broader approach: initiated by the German Environment Ministry (BMU) and Environment Agency (UBA), launched in 2017, the ISC3 promotes and develops sustainable chemistry solutions worldwide. Located in the UN City Bonn, with hubs for innovation, for research and education, and regional hubs in other UN regions, the Centre is a globally acting institution, multi-stakeholder platform and think tank. It manages a knowledge platform and a network of experts, offers training and support for implementation especially for developing countries, carries out innovation scouting activities to discover new technologies, processes and business models. The ISC3 is a partner for industry and politics as well as for the civil society and research, and it connects stakeholders to jointly develop new solutions e.g. for climate protection, energy generation, mobility and food supply.

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